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Lorenzo wins at Le Mans.

Jorge Lorenzo has become the first double winner of the 2009 MotoGP season with victory in the French Grand Prix at Le Mans - a race that began in the wet, finished in the dry and saw Marco Melandri take his Hayate-run Kawasaki to second position!

Meanwhile, Lorenzo's team-mate Valentino Rossi fell after a premature swap to slick tyres and also received a ride through penalty.

After showers throughout Friday and Saturday, rain began falling just after the Sunday morning warm-up session, but stopped as the MotoGP grid assembled and brighter conditions meant the track was certain to dry at some point in the race.

But the race began in fully wet conditions and with pole sitter Dani Pedrosa holding the advantage from Casey Stoner, Lorenzo and Rossi through the fast first turn and into the Dunlop Chicane.

Lorenzo shot past Stoner and Pedrosa in quick succession and began disappearing up front, while Rossi made more cautious progress - reaching the runner-up spot on lap 3 of 28, by which time Lorenzo was over two seconds clear.

Lorenzo pulled a further second on Rossi on the next lap, by which time a dry line was becoming visible, perhaps prompting Rossi to make the brave decision to pit for his dry bike.

Rossi, Pedrosa and Loris Capirossi all veered down the pitlane at the end of lap five and rejoined at the back of the field in 15th, 16th and 17th places - but the track was still very slippery in places and Rossi was caught out at the left-hand museum turn, losing the front of his M1 and sliding into the gravel.

Hopes of achieving his 99th grand prix victory on Sunday, and therefore battling for his 100th in front of his home fans next time out at Mugello, were effectively over but the reigning six-time world champion was eventually able to restart his M1 and cruise back to the pits with a broken screen.

Rossi rejoined on his wet weather bike, but later received a ride-through indicating some kind of pit lane infringement. The Italian served the penalty before pitting yet again, this time for his repaired dry bike, on his way to finishing 16th and last, with not even a point for his efforts.

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Darkwaknight - Unregistered

May 17, 2009 9:57 PM

well done jorge and Big thunbs up to Melandri.. the new messiah now rising from the flames of the Ducati.. For me though Danni was the man of the race, his laptimes and sheer determination to catch and pass Dovi was amazing!! sheer class go danni!!!

cris - Unregistered

May 17, 2009 3:38 PM

I believe Dani is overlooked by CRASH people on what a fantastic job he's done.. Yes he is slow in the Rain and that is given but when it dried up, he is on fire for the entire 12 plus laps and taking that fastest lap with him. It clearly shows the difference in Dani and Dovi, and Dovi needs to step up after being beaten like that. IMHO, if it did not rain, I think Dani has a chance of winning just by looking at the Lap times he did, it will be a 3 way battle, Lorenzo, Dani and Rossi.. Stoner seems to have problem Rain or Dry so he could'nt have possibly win the race.

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